Singh signs civil nuclear pact with Kazakhstan


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Astana: India and Kazakhstan have signed seven pacts, including a civil nuclear agreement envisaging cooperation between the two sides in peaceful uses of atomic energy.

During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two-day trip to the energy-rich central Asian nation that began on Friday, the two countries also unveiled a road map for development of their strategic ties.

The inter-governmental atomic agreement takes forward their nuclear cooperation. According to the new agreement, Kazakhstan will supply 2,100 tonnes of nuclear fuel to India by 2014.


The new pact allows the use of radiation technologies for health care, including isotopes, reactor safety mechanisms, exchange of scientific and research information, exploration and joint mining of uranium, design, construction and operation of nuclear power plants.

Another significant pact signed gives India's ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) 25 per cent stake in the Satpayev oil exploration block in the Caspian Sea.

The road map on strategic ties outlines the joint action plan for the implementation of projects to be undertaken by both sides from 2011-14 for implementation of inter-governmental agreements.

It details specific milestones in a range of areas of bilateral cooperation.